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A Rainy Baptism

We again thank Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s devotion. Make sure to tune in next week for another guest devotion by Jill Emmert. Galatians 3:26 — “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Have you ever…

Morning Has Broken

Mine is the sunlight, Mine is the morning Born of the one light Eden saw play Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning God’s recreation of the new day. (Morning Has Broken, Verse 3) This past Sunday morning as I was listening to the three Emmert brothers sing “Morning Has Broken” as an offertory anthem, I…

Do I Really Have to Read the Manual?

What Comes as Standard Equipment for Anyone Calling Themselves a Christian? As you know, today is Trinity Sunday. And since my husband and I recently got a new car and I’ve been trying to read the manual, I’d like us to consider what safety features come as standard equipment in the most basic model. Not…

Words of Power

TRADITIONAL SERMON — EASTER 2 Words have power.  Even in a world like ours where words are vomited across every single communication platform that exists in far greater volume than ever before.  Amazingly, our regular misuse of our words has not diminished their inherent potency.  If I say something like “TOM!” … I immediately have…

Receiving Mercy

OK, so who remembers hearing this phrase (or some form of it) … when you were a kid growing up as a kid.  “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”  Go ahead, raise your hands … if you have heard this phrase or some variant of it growing up.  Yuppers.  Me, too. …

God’s Humble Pie

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14, NRSV) A couple of weeks ago I was visiting one of our homebound members in a nursing facility that is not very high on my list of “good” homes.”  We have had members who have been residents there for…

This Is My Body

I’m a bit mortified.  We’re taking communion out of Dixie cups.  Dixie cups with sea creatures on them, to boot.  (When I headed over to my morning home communion visit I forgot to refresh my stock of plastic communion cups in my communion kit.)  So … as take out the elements to prepare Holy Communion…

Snowmen of Grace

I’m a little cranky.  I know, you can’t believe it, can you?  (Evidently, you don’t spend enough time with me away from church.)  On this particular day that I am referencing, I’m cranky because while I love to shovel snow, what I love about it is seeing the results of my labor. On this day…

Stewardship of Life

New Day Sermon Pentecost 25 A modest glitch in our recording software lost two minutes of the sermon introduction. The introduction simply set the table for why this pastor loves when the story of the Widow of Zarepheth shows up as one of the assigned lessons for a Sunday service in stewardship.  The sermon picks…